Victorian, Aesthetics, Sexuality, Gender, Modernism, Essays


Catherine Wiley has written on the intersection of aesthetics, sexuality, and identity formation, particularly in the work of late-Victorian essayists such as Walter Pater and Vernon Lee, originally stemming from a curiosity about the dramatic shift from Victorian forms of literature to those of modernist texts.

Selected Publications

  • “‘Warming Me Like a Cordial’: The Ethos of the Body in Vernon Lee’s Aesthetics,” Vernon Lee: Decadence, Ethics, Aesthetic, eds. Catherine Maxwell and Patricia Pulham, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

Courses Taught

  • The Modern Novel, Introduction to English Studies, Women in Literature, The Quest for Utopia, Survey of English Literature 1660-1900, First-Year Writing